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Tyler Fire Department holds emergency vehicle driver training

TYLER, September 27, 2-13-- The Tyler Fire Department is holding emergency vehicle driver training for personnel tasked with operating the City’s fleet of fire apparatus on area roadways.  The training is being conducted by instructors with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), who travel around the State providing this unique opportunity.

Described by TEEX as a “state-of-the-art emergency vehicle driver training” system, the unit is housed in a 32-foot trailer and is equipped to provide firefighters with realistic and real-time scenarios that enhance their abilities to make quick decisions while maneuvering fire engines on emergency and non-emergency responses.  The system provides a realistic environment, with high-tech software and three 50-inch high definitions monitors, giving drivers the actual feel of operating a fire engine.  Features including brake and accelerator pedals, rearview mirrors, and a responsive steering wheel offer added realism.

Driving collisions are typically one of the leading causes of firefighter injury and death each year. This type of training has been proven to reduce these accidents that occur while firefighters and emergency responders are traveling to and from incidents.  The Tyler Fire Department is excited to have this opportunity to enhance public safety and the safety of its firefighters.  This training began on Wednesday and will conclude this afternoon at Tyler’s Fire Training Facility.

For more information, please contact the Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office at 903-535-0005.

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